HP overtakes Dell to become worldwide leader in computer shipments

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By  Published  October 31, 2006

HP has overtaken Dell as the world's bestselling PC brand, according to new studies from both Gartner and IDC.

This is the first time in three years that Dell has not been the world's biggest personal computer maker by shipments.

"HP continues to take better advantage of the faster growth segments such as the consumer market," said Mikako Kitagawa, a Gartner analyst. "Dell felt the effects of the weak sales in the US market, and it gave up some ground."

Gartner reported that HP shipped 9.65 million computers in the third quarter, up more than 15% on the same period last year, while Dell shipped 9.54 million, an increase of 3.6%. IDC's research found that the gap was closer, with HP beating Dell by only 28,000 computers, making it a statistical tie.

Chinese manufacturer Lenovo had the third largest number of PC shipments, with a total of 4.4 million worldwide in the third quarter.

The news will come as a relief to HP after weeks of negative publicity, while it will add to Dell’s recent problems.

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